Sunday, 15 February 2015

Today's Intercession for St. Mary's Langley

Merciful Father in Heaven, at your invitation through your Son, Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we know you will hear our prayers.
The Church of Christ:  Our Father in Heaven, you see each and every one of Your children through eyes of love.  We pray that the Holy Spirit guides us into unity, where there is blessing.  Help us, your church, to live love, so that others are drawn to You.  We pray for our church leaders, ordained and lay leaders, and missionaries who share your Word each week.  Bless them with health and resources.  Specifically, we pray for the Deanery of Slough and Burnham, and our Area Dean, Rod Cosh.  We give thanks for Rod’s wisdom and counsel as he leads each parish and district through the practical implementation of Mission Action Plans.  

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our Prayer

Creation, those in Authority:   
Gracious Father, we thank you for the cycle of the seasons, the mystery of nature that surrounds us. 

We pray for those in authority over us—from government leaders to educators, the police and the military.  May they have their hearts and minds filled with Godly principles in order to serve their local communities and the nation.  We thank you for the Queen, Elisabeth—continue to bless her physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our Prayer

The local community:   Father, as we look around Slough, we see that the world has come to us.  Help us to see the people who have come to Langley and Slough, thinking of finding a better life in terms of work and living.  Lord you have brought them here for the opportunity to hear the Gospel.  May we in Langley Parish and the wider church community of Slough find practical ways to befriend the lonely, the foreigner, the trafficked people around us.  May our lives be the connection to Your Kingdom.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our Prayer

Those who suffer:  Jesus Christ, known as the Balm of Gilead, we thank you for taking our chastisement upon yourself so that we may know healing.  Thank you for the gift of health and healing.

We thank you for forgiveness, as in the seeking of it, and the giving of it we find peace, joy and freedom.  We thank you for the healing power of laughter, as a merry heart does much good, like a medicine.  Thank you for the characters in our lives who make us laugh

  • totally honest children
  • our pets,
  • our family
  • and friends who have a quirky sense of humour.     
We praise you for doctors, nurses, carers and therapist who provide specialised skills to minister to our minds and bodies.  Grant them discernment, wisdom and kindness as their provide treatment. 

Holy Spirit, make known your healing presence to those in hospital, in care homes, in therapy centres, convalescing at home.  

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our Prayer

The communion of saints:  Father, we remember those who are alive in our hearts, but are no longer present with us in this world.  We miss them.  But we find comfort in knowing that as Your children in faith, we shall see them again.  As we walk on through our daily lives, let us experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit.  Especially we pray for those recently bereaved. 

Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.